Pro-Life Feminism in the Spotlight

Infanticide is on the increase to an extent inconceivable…. a recent Medical Convention [in rural Maine] unfolded a fearful condition of society in relation to this subject.  Dr. Oaks made the remark that, according to the best estimate he could make, there were four hundred murders annually produced by abortion in that county alone.  The [Read More…]

Getting to All Lives Matter: Already But Not Yet

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest contribution from Marcus Gaddy.  I will be moderating the comments—DCU. I’m a convert to Catholicism, only received in 2015, after growing up in the historically Black church. That heritage taught me early on that Black spirituality emphasizes Christ as liberator, both from sin and from those who [Read More…]

The Church, the State, and the Sanctity of Life

As I sat down to watch Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate, knowing that much has already been made of both candidates’ self-professed Christian faith, what I dreaded most was the possibility of the name of Jesus Christ being taken up as a political weapon on both sides. In fact, they almost made it through the debate without doing [Read More…]

Why I Am No Longer a Single-Issue Voter for the Pro-Life Cause

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest post by James McGehee. I grew up Catholic and Republican. I am now Catholic and politically independent. In my first three presidential elections, I voted for George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. This November will be different. I will not cast my vote for the [Read More…]

The Value of a Microcephalic Life (beyond the fetal double-talk)

A recent NPR story on pre-natal detection of the effects of the Zika virus caught my attention a couple of weeks ago.  Although I was alerted by the foreboding reference to the mother’s loss in the teaser that appeared in my email inbox, the following two sentences still hit me in the gut: The woman decided to [Read More…]

Abortion as Political Profit: the Unspoken Consensus

There is a timely yet potentially endangered bill making its way from the House to the Senate, intended, as its name suggests, to protect the pain-capable unborn past 20 weeks.  (It is not my purpose here to analyze the bill at length, but as an aside it is interesting to note that the rape and incest [Read More…]

Motherhood and Hard Cases

This Sunday (Mothers’ Day, coincidentally or not), a shocking juxtaposition appeared in my facebook feed, of the kind that somehow compels some response, even as I wonder how I can have the audacity to say anything at all.  I suppose it’s because violence always deeply disturbs me, despite, or maybe because of, being so often [Read More…]

MSW on the Left and Abortion

Recently I wrote a critique of the Pro-Life movement, suggesting that it was in the grips of a totalizing ideology.   Several commentators responded by arguing that this sort of attack was a reflection of partisanship, that it did nothing for the Pro-Life movement, and that I was turning a blind-eye to similar faults among progressive [Read More…]

Pope Francis: Solidly Pro-Life

A oft used joke is to respond to a question whose answer is obviously yes by asking, “Is the Pope Catholic?”    A variant of this would be to ask, “Is the Pope Pro-Life?”:  the answer should be equally obvious.  But it appears that this is not, or at least no longer the case.   The most [Read More…]

Telling Parents Their Unborn Child has Down Syndrome

Rick Smith, the father of a two year old son with Down Syndrome, who blogs about him as “Noah’s Dad,” has published an open letter on his blog entitled: To Every OB/GYN On The Planet: How To Deliver A Down Syndrome Diagnosis,The Right Way. It is a thoughtful and powerful message, delivered patiently and with [Read More…]